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Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Regiment, 1890

This Day in Black History: Buffalo Soldiers Unit Created

The first Black soldiers belonged to Army units created specifically for people of color by congress in the 1860s.

Emancipation Proclamation

Original Emancipation Proclamation Copy Sells For More Than $2 Million

This piece of American history sold for a hefty fee at auction, proving that you can put a price on some things.

Conservative Vice Lords

Hull-House Museum Exhibit Explores a Chicago Gang’s History and Impact

Museum goers have another option in Chicago to learn about the city’s gang history, including the Conservative Vice Lords.

Reaction to the Supreme Court Ruling

Room4Debate: Does the Supreme Court Arizona Ruling Pave Path To Racial Profiling?

A controversial Arizona immigration law has lost some of its teeth after a Supreme Court decision ruled multiple provisions unconstitutional.

Black Marines

This Day in Black History: The Marine Corps Integrates

Shortly before the United States entered World War II, President Roosevelt authorized racial integration in the Marine Corps.

Kelley Hardwick

Is sexual harassment different from the perspective of black women?

Reporter Adam Howard examines how sexual harassment impacts Black women through the lens of recent happenings in basketball.

Octavia Estelle Butler

This Day in Black History: Science Fiction Writer Octavia Butler is Born

Octavia Butler, whose work was first published in the 1970s, is known as the first Black woman to write science fiction.

Many Black students never make it college after graduating high school (Fotolia)

Chicago Charter School Boasts 100 Percent Graduation Rate for Third Consecutive Year

One Chicago school continues its track record for excellence and commitment to helping Black students, especially boys.

Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Regiment, 1890

Blacks Key in 1812 War

While slavery was still the law, Black soldiers played an integral role in one of the USA’s wars with its colonizer.

Freedom Gardens Take Root

The River Road African American Museum director uses Freedom Gardens as unique teaching tools to help her students understand Black history.

Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted to the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war.

This Day in Black History: Muhammad Ali sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000

Muhammad Ali is a renowned boxer but also a lawbreaker who resisted the draft for a war he knew was unjust.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson gives the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the pen he used to sign the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

This Day in Black History: Civil Rights Act Passed

1964 was a momentous year when President Johnson signed a law that outlawed discrimination based on race, gender, nationality, or religion.

Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas, on June 19, 1900.

Juneteenth National Freedom Day

Every year, Black Americans recognize the day when soldiers arrived in Galveston to force slaveholders to follow the president’s orders.

Doc McStuffins with Stuff in a scene from Disney Junior's animated series "Doc McStuffins"

Black doctors see hope in TV’s ‘Doc McStuffins’

A children’s television show offers representation and sends an inspiring message that is typically in short supply.


Senate bill would allow Frederick Douglass statue in Capitol

There’s a surprising provision in a bill recently approved by the senate that focuses on keeping Washington D.C. open.

Aged around 30 at the time of this photo, James W. Johnson had already written Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing and been admitted to the Florida bar.

Celebrate the Birthday of James Weldon Johnson, Intellectual, Activist, and Writer of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”!

James Weldon Johnson’s poems engaged his powerful voice and encouraged others to rise up and speak out against injustice.

Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood – 2009 estimated median household income: $48,568

How Can You Measure Income Inequality? Count The Trees

Homes in a verdant neighborhood are likely worth more than those with fewer trees–and may be more likely to house people of color.

Painting of Denmark Vesey: Preacher, Carpenter, Revolutionary

On This Day in History: The Largest Slave Revolt in US History Began, Led by Denemark Vesey

Denemark Vesey bravely planned a large slave revolt that may have succeeded if not for a whistleblower.

Duluth Lynching postcard

On This Day in History: The 1920 Duluth MN Lynchings

Today marks the day that three Black circus workers were lynched in Duluth, Minnesota for an alleged sexual assault.

Stop & Frisk app

Stop-and-Frisk App Users on the Rise

Thousands have downloaded New York Civil Union’s new app to report stop-and-frisk interactions with the police.

Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley: Let’s Not Be Food ‘Lab Rats’

Bob Marley’s son Ziggy is also a musician–and passionate about what we put into our bodies.